Joan Holladay and Carolyn Clifton started the event between 2005 and 2006.
“At our first sale we had about 70 sellers and now we have grown to more than 200 sellers,” organizer Patty Yost said.
The sale has grown so much that there is a debate between the organizers about the possibility of either limiting the number of items each seller brings or the number of sellers.
Each year, the sale is in the church’s community life center and fills the gym, lobby and a classroom. After last week’s Sunday service, volunteers headed to the center to begin the organization and set up process. Sellers brought toys, clothes, candles and more. Each item is carefully looked at and marked with a seller’s number before being placed out for sale.
“Sunday it was all hands on deck after church service,” organizer Ellen Lundy said. “Then Monday through Wednesday sellers come and as they bring stuff in we check — we look at it and go this is stained, we don’t want it or this is pretty, we want this hung up.”
Doors will open Thursday evening for shoppers, however, volunteers receive a special perk of shopping the presale at 3 p.m. The sale ends Saturday at 1 p.m.
Once the event is complete, each seller receives two-thirds percent of the profits and the church will receive one-third percent for missions. All extra items leftover from the sellers are donated to the Malachi Storehouse at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Dunwoody.
“I love it because it is a win, win, win.” Yost said. “It allows someone to get rid of things that they no longer need and make a profit from it. People come are able to outfit an entire nursery inexpensively and this goes to profit missions.”
Volunteers can register via the church’s website.
If you go:
Where: Kingswood United Methodist Church, 5015 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody
When: Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m. (no children), Friday, 9 a.m. to 2p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.